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About that Red Line, Mr. President


Remember back in the midst of the 2012 presidential election cycle when President Barack Obama in his quest for re-election stood up before the whole world and drew a red line in the sand and dared Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad to cross it?

What did Assad do?

He crossed it of course.

Then remember how the President tried to back away and disclaim responsibility for the red line?

Speaking at a news conference in Sweden back on September 4, 2013 had this to say:

“It’s not my red line.”

The President then went on to say, “I didn’t set a red line, the world did…This debate is about the world’s red line. It’s about humanity’s red line…about Congress’s own red line.”

It all had to do with the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on its own people.

Russia rode in like a knight on a white horse to save the President from having to back up his threat to Syria crossing his red line.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 12, 2013 proposed and Syria’s embattled President Bashar al Assad apparently agreed to placing the chemical weapons stockpile under the control and direct supervision of the international community.

With the proposal on the table, Obama while stating the US had a moral obligation to punish the Syrian regime for use of chemical weapons, called on Congress not to vote on his request for authorization of use of force until the diplomatic solution from Putin played out.

Putin, Assad and even the United Nations watchdog pronounced to the world months later that Syria had turned over all its chemical weapons. The regime no longer had the capability of using these banned weapons on its own people.

Skip ahead to the past couple of months and even this week.

For at least the fifth time, the Syrian regime has used chemicals on its own people. The latest attack this week was the use of chlorine gas. There have been three other instances of chlorine gas attacks, one attack of mustard gas and one of Sarin, which have been documented.

All of these since supposedly Syria gave up its chemical stockpiles.

Yet the media is not saying much about it. Not just in the US of A, but in Europe there is little outcry about the blatant disregard once more to the President’s red line.

Shame once more, Mr. President. Over and over, your policies have allowed innocents to die at the hands of a madman.

On Thursday, Mr. President, you received a letter from 29 of 35 doctors left in the besieged city of Aleppo, Syria asking the US to provide safety to medical facilities which are attacked every 17 hours not by just the Syrian regime, but by Russian forces backing Assad.

The White House merely acknowledged it received the letter – but nothing more.

Like your red line, Mr. President, apparently this humanitarian crisis will also be ignored.

From the Cornfield, in the current political season, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is asking the American people to elect her to be the third term of the Obama presidency.

Are moving red lines, which mean nothing, and turning deaf ears to the cries of 300,000 people facing death due to the war crime of attacking medical facilities what the American people want to see continue?